“But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
From The Principal
The College was very privileged to have the Hon Ben Franklin, MLC join us for the Induction of our 2018-19 Secondary Student Leadership Team at our Whole College Chapel service this week. Mr Franklin, speaking humbly and with great sincerity, gave an inspiring address about leadership. Quoting from St Paul, he said that leadership ultimately is about generously giving your time and talent in the service of others. He went on to outline his five ‘rules’ for effective leadership:
- Set a good example
- Do what you say you are going to do
- Admit your mistakes
- Always act ethically
- Care about others
Mr Franklin also said, “Every student here today is a leader. Every single one of you has the capacity and the potential to inspire others, to chart a new path, to lead in your school.”
Mr Franklin then presented all of the newly elected leaders with their insignia of office. As part of their induction, the leaders made the following Pledge of Office:
As the elected leaders of the student body we acknowledge and accept the privilege and responsibility that comes with the office we undertake. We pledge to undertake this office with generosity, commitment and integrity; to use our God given gifts to serve the staff, students and friends of the Emmanuel Anglican College Community and to call on the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to ensure that all that we do is done in God’s name.
The Primary Classroom Building Project continues to move forward, with great progress being made on the trusses and roof frame this week. We have also commenced work on the new drop off/pick up zone and car park. The works have produced some additional congestion during the two peak periods at the beginning and end of the College day. Once again I call on all our parents to make the safety and well being of all the students your highest priority. I remind all parent of the need to follow the road rules and encourage you to take a few extra minutes to park a little further away and walk your children to the College grounds. Please do not double park, park across our neighbours' driveways or stop in the middle of the road or car park to drop children off. I appreciate your patience with this most important matter.
Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with our Year 12 Class of 2018 who commenced their HSC written examinations last Thursday. The students have prepared well, with most attending HSC preparation study blocks offered at EAC during the term break and also spending significant amounts of their time over the last few weeks undertaking past papers and writing practice responses. While you can never be fully prepared, I am confident that the students are ready for the challenge and we hope that they can remain calm and focused in order to demonstrate their very best. Thank you to all of the teaching and support staff who have worked with the senior students this year. The examination will continue, in the Ezzy Centre, until November 9. Please continue to pray for the students throughout this time.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
Congratulations our new secondary school student leaders who were inducted at Whole College Chapel on Tuesday 23 October. I wish them every success over the coming year and look forward to working with this talented group of students over the course of the next year. The challenge of being ‘ first among equals’ as a student leader is never an easy one but they will have a great support network available to assist them and uplift them in times of difficulty.
Our Year 11 students will begin their HSC courses next Monday and this will no doubt be a challenge for each student as they strive to balance their study load with exercise, social life, part time work, sleep and family time. The ability to manage time effectively and prioritise tasks as well as breaking down workload into manageable chunks is a skill that they will hopefully demonstrate as they embark on their HSC journey. However, with the support of our staff and their families they will be well prepared for the marathon journey that lies ahead of them. Most importantly we are all working together to guide them in their journey. Best of luck Year 11.
At the other end of the College our Year 4 students will no doubt be getting very excited about the upcoming camp to Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast. It is also not long until Year 6 heads off to Fraser Island and Brisbane for the annual rite of passage that is Year 6 camp. I thank all of our staff who will be giving up their time to take our students on camp. I wish all of these students and staff safe travels and hope that they have an exciting time whilst they are away.
Mr Tom Papworth and his Primary chess team have fought some epic battles this year and they recently endured a nerve wracking count back to defeat a school that was nationally ranked last year. This week the boys face Armidale Public in a further regional knockout and victory here will likely ensure a trip farther afield as the stakes become higher. We wish Mr Papworth and the boys every success for the upcoming match.
Finally, whilst we are early into fourth term it is important to remind families that we will soon be undertaking the process of forming classes in the Primary and Secondary. This is an exhaustive and complicated process that involves much reflection, communication and professional decision making from our staff. Our teachers are well equipped as professionals to undertake this process. As parents we need to trust the process, trust our staff’s decision making skills plus their knowledge of each student in their care.
Mr Darren Parks
Term 4 Week 3
Monday 29 October
HSC Courses Commence Year 12 2019
GRIP Leadership Program-Lismore
Primary Concert Bands Performance Evening
Tuesday 30 October
Secondary Assembly-9.00 am-UCA
Primary Assembly-9.00 am-Discovery Centre
Wednesday 31 October
Year 4 Camp-Tallebudgera
NCIS Secondary Basketball-Coffs Harbour
Years 5/6 Interrelate Sessions
Friday 2 November
Term 4 Week 4
Monday 5 November
Year 6 Camp departs for Fraser Island
Tuesday 6 November
Kindergarten Orientation Day
Wednesday 7 November
Thursday 8 November
Friday 9 November
HSC Examinations conclude
Year 6 Camp returns
Early Learning Centre News
We have begun to sort our waste at the ELC. This means every child must discern where their waste goes - compost bucket, recycle bucket or rubbish bucket. Each afternoon a group of children wash the recycle containers and put these in our construction area. We have created a Rubbish Robot. We glued all of the plastic waste from one day of lunch boxes onto this robot and it is already full! We washed the yogurt pouches from one day of lunch boxes and strung these together - we counted 24 pouches. "That's a lot, hey?" remarked Matai. The ELC has ordered a compost tumbler which will enable us to create our own compost that we can add to our vegetable gardens. There is a lot to learn about waste and over time we hope that the ELC will become more sustainable as we grow food and flowers, make compost, care for worms, sort our waste and may even start to make our own paper. Families, we encourage you to reduce the amount of packaging that goes into your child's lunchbox in order to support this learning and ultimately benefit the Earth that your child will inherit.
Primary School Swimming Intensive
Last week our Primary students started their intensive swimming program. The program is being held at the new Alstonville Swimming Pool. Our Kindy to Year 4 students are developing their swimming skills while our Year 5 completed a lifesaving program and Year 6 participated in Water Polo. The students thoroughly enjoyed the program and showed great improvement in their swimming skills across the week. Thank you to the staff at Alstonville Swimming pool for running such a great program for our students.
Sports and Coaching Administrator
Congratulations to Ella, Sylvie and Annie Peart who all successfully auditioned for the Gondwana Choirs.
"Gondwana Choirs comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia. The organisation is synonymous with performance excellence and has a reputation for the highest standards of young people’s choral music in Australia and internationally." (https://www.gondwana.org.au/)
Annie will be part of the Gondwana Juniors, Sylvie the Gondwana Novus and Ella the Gondwana Voices group.
A massive congratulations on being part of this highly exclusive National choir program and good luck with all rehearsals and performances.
Mr. Cleverley and Mr. Holmes
(Teachers of Music)
Study Tour 2019
2019 Greece & Italy Study Tour
We're off to Greece and Italy! The last tours were such a success that we've had students and parents asking when the next trip will be. Mark in your calendars the 27th September to 12th October 2019! Next year's trip will take in significant sites in both Greece and Italy, and for the first time will include the islands of Santorini and Isle of Capri. Our study tours are always a lot of fun, and a great experience. For more information, and to register interest, please contact Mr McDonnell or Mrs Evans. There will be an information evening in the near future.
Careers and Counselling
From The Office
Safe Parking in School Zones
As the College is growing in size and undergoing construction, the roads around the College and parking is becoming conjested and busy. It is important for parents and caregivers when picking up children that road and safe parking rules are observed. Please read the brochure provided by Ballina Council which outlines the rules and important signs in school zones:
As a community we need to ensure that children have safe passage to and from school. To improve road safety, we need your assistance to understand the parking restrictions around schools and teach our children to be safe around traffic. In particular:
- Please do not park within 10 metres of an intersection.
- Respect our neighbours and allow them to maintain access to their driveways.
- Please do not drop off and pick up children in the staff car park.
- Please park your vehicle in an appropriate parking space.
Always supervise a child and hold their hand when crossing the road.
Schools are areas where there is a lot of interaction between cars and pedestrians; including children. Children are small, hard to see, behave unpredictably and are extremely vulnerable. Their lack of road experience means it is difficult for them to judge dangerous situations.
Boys are twice as likely to be involved in child pedestrian casualties as girls and children aged 10 to 14 years have the highest rate of child pedestrian casualties (Roads and Maritime Services). You need to take extra care when driving and parking in and around school zones, even when you think there are no children around.
Friends of Emmanuel
EAC Canteen operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays, canteen is open on Tuesdays for general sales at LUNCH only.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Special Lunch Dates - Term 4
SUSHI: 6 & 20 November
NOODLE BOX: 30 October, 13 & 27 November
SUBWAY: 4 December
WINTER MENU NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Noodle Box – Tuesday 30 October
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 30 October. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form then attach your order to a paper bag with your payment enclosed. This should then be put in the canteen basket on Monday morning 29 October. Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
November: 1 pm, 5, 7, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 am, 26, 29 pm,
PRIMARY LUNCH ORDERS
Please place the money in a paper bag of sufficient size to fit all of the lunch items. If you are ordering a drink with your child’s lunch please provide two (2) bags. Please remind your child to place their lunch/recess bag in the class tub NOT directly to the canteen.
PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE / TAPE BAGS CLOSED, FOLDED IN 4 APPEARS TO WORK WELL
BAG 1: Name, Class, Teacher, Lunch Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Junior Pie)
BAG 2: Name, Class, Drink/Cold Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Orange Juice)
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child’s lunch order.
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